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Poster: Reade Date: Apr 14, 2019 2:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: It's April 14th

V's Newcastle post from a few days ago reminded me of all the Europe '72 TDIHs coming up. Today's is of special note as it was rated by Cliff as the best performance of the tour (though he was known to change his mind on this) in his legendary Europe '72 Notebook.

https://archive.org/details/gd72-04-14.sbd.hurwitt.8828.sbeok.shnf/gd72-04-14d3t01.shn

And from that tome was this passage of particular interest to me this time around. While I think the band was even better later in the year, and def disagree with him as to when Keith became 'fully integrated,' his passion for this time can only be savored like one of his favorite wines:

"The music from the Europe '72 tour is unmistakable. The gorgeous tone of Jerry's Nash Strat, Weir's Gibson ES-354 and Phil's "Big Brown" with Keith's Steinway and Pig's B-3 mark a unique and extraordinary moment in the band's history. There can be no disputing the consistently high quality of just about every performance from the tour. But what is it that makes the music from this period so special? How is it that virtually every show, with the exception of Bremen (4/21/72), was performed at such a consistently high level? Was it hypnocracy? The vibe of being in Europe? I believe there are a panoply of reasons; Weir's emergence as a bona fide co-front man for the band, Keith becoming completely comfortable in his position and fully integrated into the group, and Kreutzmann's continued adjustment to performing without Mickey. I think all the new material introduced on the tour certainly added some freshness and may have piqued the interest of the band members. But certainly there was much more to it! Having finally achieved both critical and financial success, the band was in a good place and well rested. The tour was as much a vacation as a working tour. Most importantly, the band was really having fun on the European continent. The twenty-two performances being spread out over two full months allowed the band the really enjoy themselves and make the most of the culture of Europe, getting inspiration from visiting places like Stonehenge, Solsbury Hill, smoking grass in the Gardens of Kent, and playing baseball in Kensington Gardens, while performing in beautiful old theatres like Tivolis Gardens, Jahrhundert Halle and the Strand Lyceum. And of course enjoying all the libations Europe had to offer. Naturally the drugs might have had something to do with it too, along with the freshness of European beer on tap and first growth Bordeaux."

https://archive.org/post/304297/europe-72-notebook

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Poster: Vermoontains Date: Apr 16, 2019 2:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's April 14th

On listening to this tour again.
I did not get the E 72 boxed set. I see it online for $!350. I don't know what they sold for.

My real point though is that Spotify has all of the Dead stuff, including all of this set in high quality. And I get it as a gift so that is sweeter yet, I save the 10 a month.
Or free .

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Poster: Reade Date: Apr 16, 2019 3:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's April 14th

Check out todays nugget. Short on time? Cut to the chase with the Truckin'> O1 fun fest!
https://archive.org/details/gd72-04-16.sbd.miller.18103.sbeok.shnf

Cliffs thoughts, rendered on the 38th anniversary:
Reviewer: Cliff Hucker - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 16, 2010
Subject: Another gem from Denmark
Although the first set suffers from several tragic cuts and is rather poor in sound quality, the band must have felt comfortable performing in the low ceilinged university cafeteria. The second set of this performance is another gem.

A well jammed Good Lovin' preceeds a smokey performance of Truckin'. With some brilliant soloing, Jerry just rips through both instrumental breaks. It's certainly one of the best performances of Truckin' on the tour, in spite of a couple vocal miscues. There is a remarkable passage during the very last part of the segue into the very uniquely jammed Other One. Bobby and Phil briefly lock in on a rather facinating theme which is later revisited several times during The Other One Jam.

This is an atypicaly structured performance of The Other One. It contains several rather quiet passages and is played largely without any drums. One of the intense segments occurs during the early stage of the jam. First Jerry and Phil collaborate before Keith eventually chimes in. Deep into the jam, the Other One theme loosely resurfaces. Weir again slashes those similar leads, continuing to exploit the previous theme with Phil. Finally Billy returns to the stage and the band segues into a short but sweet Me and My Uncle before finally getting around to the first verse of The Other One. Two and a half minutes later its on to the well played NFA> GDTRFB> NFA suite and this one is in the books. (94 pts)




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Poster: Vermoontains Date: Apr 16, 2019 3:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's April 14th

I am listening to it now but I am still stuck in Newcastle
I can never get out of this place

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 15, 2019 7:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's April 14th

Whatever experience others may have had w CLIFF, here at the Forum or elsewhere, you have to admit he loved the DEAD, and enjoyed writing/discussing the early era...I was always on his good side simply by my love of 68, and I probably adopted the all caps habit from him as well...never been a wine drinker, however.

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Poster: Reade Date: Apr 15, 2019 5:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's April 14th

His zest for the spring of that year is infectious. He makes some great points such as the undeniable, uniformly high energy to the music- with him pointing out how he believes it the result of how much fun they were having. (How many listless performances much later on were the direct result of nobody having absolutely any? I think as much was said at times.)

I'm not a wine guy either but do know they're very big on the whole terroir thing, and what I believe Cliff is talking about in that excerpted passage is the terroir of the music from that spring. It really was unique and 'of it's time and place.' I've always busied myself arguing how they're so clearly even stronger come fall ('cause *that's* when Keith finally settles in dammit!), but what he's saying above is don't throw the baby out with the bathwater on that- the spring sound is singular and to be championed. He certainly does a terrific job of that for my money.


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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Apr 15, 2019 10:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's April 14th

Whatever happened to him ? Sad to see so many of the voices here fade away . His E72 notebook is a great tool . His insight into the jams was special .

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Poster: billydlions Date: Apr 15, 2019 2:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's April 14th

Its amazing how many of the same posters are still here 9 years later. Cliff hasn’t been around in many years but I have no idea why.

This post was modified by billydlions on 2019-04-15 21:08:59

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Apr 15, 2019 3:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's April 14th

Cause no one will talk to us at home.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 15, 2019 3:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's April 14th

It'll be truly pathetic when I turn to Mrs Tell and say"I am going to chat with my friends at the Forum"

Oh... wait... I did say that in 2006.

;)

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Poster: billydlions Date: Apr 15, 2019 4:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's April 15th

Mrs Tell is probably thrilled you have someone to talk to so she doesn't have to listen to you complain about your ailments.

Speaking from experience...

Another great show from TDIH:

https://archive.org/details/gd70-04-15.sbd.kaplan.14354.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: craven714 Date: Apr 17, 2019 12:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's April 14th

DD ~ He was decapitated during a heli-skiing accident over the southern Adirondack Mountain range. His headless body fell ass over tea cup for miles, til it ended in the Atlantic ocean full of man eating, over fished, Blue fin Tuna. He was a great reviewer though. I'd give him 95+ pts

This post was modified by craven714 on 2019-04-17 19:23:59

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 17, 2019 2:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's April 14th

A pissed off tuna can be nasty.

Recall Bob's old joke about the difference between a piano and a fish?

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Poster: craven714 Date: Apr 17, 2019 2:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's April 14th

Prolly why tuning took so long. Waiting for the perfect sandwich. Don’t feel bad - the Bluefin gave D a solid core 98 points

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 17, 2019 3:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's April 14th

Excellent.

I should make clear that Bob in fact, was repeating a joke from a fan (Harding Theatre)

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Poster: Vermoontains Date: Apr 17, 2019 6:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's April 14th

Tell em Charlie sent you

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UM3JpcBHzY

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Apr 17, 2019 1:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's April 14th

A wowie story for sure. Sounds like a lot of here may have been influenced by there.

https://pilotonline.com/business/consumer/article_379b80d4-6e4d-11e8-91c4-03baf0fec736.html

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Poster: Reade Date: Apr 18, 2019 5:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's April 14th

Amazing find, DH. Your here/there take seems spot on, plus now it seems clear that the E72 Notebook diamond was formed, as diamonds are, given exceptional circumstances..

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Apr 18, 2019 7:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Cliff's Journey

Nice article on Cliff (aka Dennis) that gives a rather honest look at his past, including some poor decisions that hurt some people:

https://pilotonline.com/business/consumer/article_379b80d4-6e4d-11e8-91c4-03baf0fec736.html

He was a valued participant here, giving some outstanding reviews and show suggestions that were almost always spot-on. Sounds like he's had some real ups and downs over the past few years, but appears to have come out OK. Would be nice to read that he eventually reaches out to those he took advantage of and made an attempt to make things right, but maybe he already has. Regardless, I'm all about second (and maybe third?) chances. Hope his life is on track and he's found happiness.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Apr 18, 2019 8:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Cliff's Journey

Thank you . Had no idea . Hope it works out for him .

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Poster: lobster12 Date: May 11, 2019 7:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Cliff's Journey

Thanks for this. I liked cliffs contributions. I knew a little about it but bit this detailed. Cliffs biggest contribution to the forum was his idea to use the wine rating system and apply it to gd reviews of shows

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Poster: c-freedom Date: Apr 23, 2019 6:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Cliff's Journey

"He was fined $250,000 for fisheries violations after refusing to snitch on the supplier and fishermen"

Just reminds me of Dylan's take on JOEY

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Poster: Vermoontains Date: Apr 15, 2019 5:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's April 14th

Good Lovin from 4/11 has that Dead sound of rocking rolling along in the back with Pigs leading the way and the runs and rhythms are a bubbling brook that I just love..
I can't wait for this one. Bertha first though.
Here is Noah's only E 72 post

http://www.deadlistening.com/2009/01/1972-april-14-tivoli-theater.html

a Friday night show

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Poster: LoogyDead Date: Apr 15, 2019 8:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's April 14th

LOL, is you don't remember Cliff's over Rover and surely a happy Deadhead this year

https://youtu.be/LQUXuQ6Zd9w

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Poster: Vermoontains Date: Apr 17, 2019 7:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's April 14th

bad link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvgEqlFIn2o


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Poster: LoogyDead Date: Apr 17, 2019 6:51pm
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T/P - KPFA.org

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Poster: turnphilup Date: Apr 17, 2019 9:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's April 14th/Cliff

https://archive.org/post/1057384/tdih-72-cliff-gives